A developer`s won his case to build up to 32 new homes in open countryside in Elmstead Market.
Tendring District Council rejected the scheme last summer but Jonathan Hills of Hills Residential went to appeal and the decision was overturned.
Government Inspector Jason Whitfield granted outline planning permission for the application which also includes a community building, car parking and associated infrastructure.
Further details, such as layout, scale, design and landscaping will to go back before Tendring to be agreed at a later stage.
The land on which the homes will be built is outside the settlement development boundary of the village in a rural location.
Mr Whitfield was concerned about hedgerows that were home to a number of different animal and plant species, but said Mr Hills had provided an alternative option which would have less of an effect with a footpath on the western side of Tye Road.